Meets TR 11-12:15
In this course we shall explore, as fully as we can, one novel: Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers. This novel was not only Charles Dickens's first, but also, arguably, the novel that did the most to usher in a new era widely defined by the novel itself. In our class, we will discuss all sorts of issues raised by the tale, including those of gender and class, urbanization, and even changing publication and reading practices. Part of our aim will be to engage seriously with the literary criticism concerned with the novel and with relevant literary theory. Course requirements are lively class participation, two research papers, and individual writing conferences.